Javier Bardem Sought For Financial Crisis-Centered 'Wall Street 2'

Javier BardemUPDATE: Nikki Finke is now reporting that Javier Bardem is simply who some want to play the role in the film. He has not signed on nor even met with Oliver Stone.

Michael Douglas may have a new co-star for for Oliver Stone's economic crisis indictment "Wall Street 2." In addition to young "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" hero Shia LaBeouf, the sequel to Stone's 1987 film may now have "No Country for Old Men" villain Javier Bardem aboard as well. The story begins in June 2008, exploring the hedge fund disasters and federal bailouts that followed. This is no remake though; "Wall Street 2" will be a direct sequel, with Douglas stepping back into his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko.

Bardem will play the antagonist in "Wall Street 2," claiming knowledge that LaBeouf's character will make a risky deal with Gekko to take him down amid the chaotic events that rocked the finance industry last year, according to a report on Deadline Hollywood. The film may begin filming as soon as this August, with a release date currently set for February 2010.

Douglas won his Academy Award for playing an easy-to-hate corporate criminal in the first "Wall Street." His character thrived on illegal trading activities under the mantra "greed is good," and he eventually provoked the vengeance of a young stock broker played by Charlie Sheen when he attempted to buy out Sheen's father's airline company.

Stone previously disassociated himself from the sequel at Fox. He had a change of heart earlier this year, settling back into the director's chair. Never one to back away from movies that take shots at those in power, as he did in "W" and "Nixon," the Bernie Madoffs and subprime mortgage lenders appear to have been too important for him to pass on. Casting the man who won an Oscar for playing Anton Chigurh is certainly a great first step towards showcasing his ire.

What do you think of Oliver Stone's casting decisions for "Wall Street 2" so far? Do you think he's the right director to tackle the current financial crisis? Share your thoughts and expectations in the comment section below!